6.23.2017

The Perfect Petite Watch

This post is sponsored by Daniel Wellington - all opinions are my own. #DWClassicPetite #danielwellington @danielwellington

For as long as I can remember, I have loved watches. I think they are one of the classiest accessories and obviously useful. For years I have been looking for the perfect, petite, leather watch that I can wear on a day to day basis, one that won't look overwhelming on my small frame. But as hard as I have looked, I have had no luck in finding my perfect watch. So when Daniel Wellington, my favorite watch company, launched their new petite collection, I was so excited! These new watches are so beautifully dainty, and perfect to wear with any outfit. I feel like I finally found what I have been looking for.

Since it's Summer, my looks have been very simple, with minimal jewelry. Only my very favorite pieces get worn during these warmer months, including my favorite gold ring, my two favorite gold necklaces, and of course, my Classic Petite Bondi Daniel Wellington Watch! I received two straps for this watch - one set in white and the other in brown. I am loving the versatility this gives me and that I can swap out the straps to match my looks! (stay tuned for the brown version - coming soon)

hat - luca & grae
top - hope ave
jeans - eddie bauer
shoes - c/o sven clogs
watch - c/o daniel wellington
necklace - made by mary

Looking to expand your own watch collection? Be sure to use my code GENTRI15 to receive 15% off your order from Daniel Wellington!

6.21.2017

This Jacket Was Literally Made For Me


Summer is my favorite time of year for so many reasons, including Summer thunderstorms! Last night I sat on the porch as a storm rolled through, taking in the smell, the sight, and the sound. Before the storm, yesterday's temperature was around one hundred degrees Fahrenheit, but during the storm it dropped to sixty! It's days like this that I pull out my favorite trench coat to keep me warm and dry - yet still looking nice.

This trench coat was made to fit me perfectly by a made-to-fit women's clothing company called Sumissura. Since I am a petite girl, standing at just four feet and eight inches, you can imagine that finding coats that fit can be a challenge, so I was extremely excited to give Sumissura a try. This coat turned out beautifully, and every detail is perfection from the supple fabric, to the sturdy construction. I've never had a coat fit me like this before and I must say, I don't think I'll ever go back to purchasing them mass-produced - this fit is just too good! From the just-right sleeves to the perfectly-fit shoulders, this coat was clearly made just for me.

trench - c/o sumissura
top - hope ave
jeans - jcrew
shoes - nordstrom
necklaces - the land of salt & made by mary

Do you have trouble finding clothing that fits? If so, where are your favorite places to shop? Be sure to give Sumissura a try - you'll love having clothing that actually fits for a change!

6.19.2017

5 Uses for Coconut Oil in Your Beauty Routine

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CreateWithOil #CollectiveBias

As a professional in the beauty industry, I am constantly doing my research to find the best products that not only look great, but are also great for you. So many of the products you see the big YouTubers and beauty bloggers using are full of ingredients that do more harm than good. They're just not worth using, no matter how badly you want to get that "instagram look". I make an effort to use products I trust, from my lip balm to my hair conditioners. One great tool that everyone should have in their bathroom is coconut oil. There are so many products you can replace with this one, all natural product. You'll not only be saving money, you'll also be saving your skin (and hair, and teeth, etc.).

In this post, I am using LouAna Coconut Oil, from my local Kroger store, to show you five uses for Coconut Oil in your beauty routine! LouAna was born in Opelousas, Louisiana in 1820, a place where the food is an expression of love, flavor, and family. LouAna Coconut Oil is the perfect solution to all of your cooking needs, whether you're baking, sautéing, or even frying. But LouAna is great for much more than just cooking! Like me, many people use LouAna Organic Coconut Oil in their daily health and beauty routines - including body butters, oil pulling/mouth wash, skin moisturizers, homemade toothpastes, face moisturizers, and hair masks!

Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub
1 cup LouAna Coconut Oil
2/3 cup Sugar

Directions
Mix your LouAna Coconut Oil and sugar together until well blended. Use this scrub anywhere from your lips to your feet! Gently exfoliate in a circular motion, wipe off excess product with a towel or tissue, and rinse.

Coconut Oil Hair Masque
1-2 tbsp LouAna Coconut Oil

Directions
Warm 1-2 tbsp of LouAna Coconut Oil in your hands and work it through your hair from root to tip. Once your hair is completely covered, wrap it into a bun or braid it at the back of your head. Let the oil sit for 4-8 hours then wash as you normally would.

Coconut Oil Lavender Moisturizer
1/2 cup LouAna Coconut Oil
2-4 drops Lavender Oil

Directions
Place 2-4 drops of lavender oil into 1/2 cup LouAna Coconut Oil. Stir together then use to moisturize anything from your lips to dry heels. Keep it in small containers in various parts of your house for easy access.

Coconut Oil Makeup Remover
1 tsp LouAna Coconut Oil

Directions
Warm 1 tsp of LouAna Coconut Oil in your hands and use it to gently remove makeup. Apply coconut oil in a circular motion, swiping your fingers gently over your eyes in a downward diagonal motion. Wipe away excess oil with a towel or tissue, then rinse.

Coconut Oil Pulling
1 tbsp LouAna Coconut Oil

Directions
Place 1 tbsp LouAna Coconut Oil into your mouth and swish it like mouthwash for 10-20 minutes. Once the time is up, spit it into a garbage can, rinse, and then brush with a different toothbrush than the one you use regularly. Do this daily for a brighter and cleaner smile.

LouAna is always the start of something good! So be sure to grab some and change your beauty routine today, with this coupon to save $1.00 on any LouAna Coconut Oil purchase. If you've been looking for a mildly delicious coconut taste and aroma, then LouAna Unrefined Coconut Oil is perfect for you!

6.15.2017

Healthy Waffle Recipe With 3-Ingredient Coconut Syrup



I've always been someone who struggles with breakfast food. I don't love starting my day with a heavy meal, because I feel like it sticks with me throughout the day - but not in a good way. When choosing my breakfasts, I tend to lean towards smoothies, because they are light yet packed with nutritional ingredients. But there are always days where I am craving something a little heartier. So I decided to create my own waffle recipe, using almost all of the same ingredients as my smoothies, just in a waffle form - if you can believe it!

This healthy waffle recipe is hearty, and yet light and tasty, all at the same time! For this recipe I used Bob's Red Mill Nutritional Booster in Vanilla, but any of these flavors would be amazing. Bob’s Red Mill Nutritional Boosters are plant-based protein at its finest. They're packed with nutritional ingredients, they have probiotic and pre-biotic fiber, and are sweetened with monk fruit. I love having an all natural protein powder that I can pick up at my local grocery store and feel good about using in my smoothies and other recipes!

Healthy Waffle Ingredients
1 scoop Bob's Red Mill Nutritional Booster in Vanilla
1 Banana
1/2 cup Oats
2 Eggs
1/3 cup Coconut Milk
Coconut Oil (for greasing your waffle iron)

Directions
First you will need to slice and mash your banana (slicing it first will make it easier to mash). Place that in a bowl with the other ingredients and whisk them all together until they are well blended. Grease your waffle iron with coconut oil, then place 2/3 cup (more or less, depending on the size of your waffle iron) of the waffle mix into the waffle iron. Let it cook through, like a normal waffle. Top with a bit of butter and my 3-ingredient Coconut Syrup! (recipe below)

Next you're going to need to make your healthy syrup to top off your waffles! This is the easiest recipe in the world, yet it's healthy and you're going to thank me once you try it!

Healthy Syrup Ingredients
1/2 cup Raw Honey
1/4 cup Coconut Milk
1 tsp Vanilla

Directions
In a sauce pan, whisk all three ingredients together over low heat. Stir continuously until completely blended and syrup has begun to steam. Serve over your warm and healthy waffles with strawberry slices!

This recipe is a game-changer for me, because I tend to not enjoy waffles or pancakes in general. But this recipe is so good - I will now be enjoying my mornings with waffles and a side of fruit. Be sure to try out Bob's Red Mill Nutritional Boosters for yourself with THIS coupon and let me know what you think!

What are your favorite recipes that get you going in the mornings?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

6.13.2017

My Family Is Moving To Australia

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BlueLizardSummer #CollectiveBias

As I type this, my sister and her family are driving across the country from Virginia to Utah. They'll spend a few days here with our family and then they are off to spend the next four years in Australia! We knew an international move was coming up for them, but none of us expected it to be as far away as Australia. While the idea of them being so far away, in a foreign country, for the next four years is a little hard to swallow, it's also such an exciting opportunity for them and you know that I will be visiting for as long and as often as I can!

As the family has been brushing up on their knowledge of Australia, one of the things we have learned is that Australia has the strictest sunscreen standards in the world due to the harsh rays that shine year round. (The kids are even required to wear hats at recess!) Because of this, I have been helping my sister find a sunscreen that will not only protect, but work on my family's sensitive skin. So when I found Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen, at Walmart, in their Sensitive formula, I was so excited to give it a try! We have some harmful Summer rays here in Utah too, so I definitely need all the protection I can get!

One of my favorite parts about Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen is that their bottles change color when exposed to harmful UV sunlight, which is a great tool you and your kids can use to remind you to reapply! Blue Lizard® has a unique zinc oxide formulation and provides broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays! At SPF 30+, Blue Lizard® is a product trusted by dermatologists, pediatricians, and most importantly - mothers!

Parents should consult their pediatricians before using any sunscreen on a child 6 months or younger. For children older than 6 months, try Blue Lizard® Baby or Sensitive to minimize risk of skin sensitivity.

Since my family will soon be moving to Australia, and I am definitely going for an extended stay, I figured I'd share a few tips on preparing to travel across the world to the Land Down Under!

Tip 1. Stock up on Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen
The sun is brutal in Australia, and you're going to need that protection (even if you think you don't). Stock up on Blue Lizard® at your local Walmart with THIS SPECIAL OFFER to earn $4 on the Sensitive 5oz bottle!

Tip 2. Purchase a Hat
If the children are required to wear hats during recess, goodness knows you're going to want one too! Go with something that has a wider brim to protect your ears, forehead, and nose - you know, those spots that are more likely to burn than others.

Tip 3 - Purchase a Great Bag!
I love this bag and it fits all of my essentials so I can travel light and know that my belongings are safe! Plus it looks amazing!

Tip 4. Do Your Research
It's always important to research before you travel anywhere. I've been looking into ways to get to Australia - including flying to different destinations first to break up the long flight, and even taking a boat rather than a plane!

Tip 5. Stock Up On Simple Clothing
There's nothing worse than getting to a destination and hating all the clothing you've packed with you (been there, done that). So start stocking up on simple, lightweight pieces that you can layer as well as mix and match! It will also leave room in your bag for any souvenirs you wish to bring home!

As sad as I am that my sister and her family will be so far away, I'm also so excited about the opportunities that await them (and me) from this adventure! Let me know if you have any advice or suggestions about traveling to Australia - I've never been!
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